Environmental policy cannot be seen in just black and white, but instead contains many shades of gray. Environmental battles—even the most heated—are essentially conflicts among those with fundamentally different values, and how problems are framed in politics plays a central role in shaping how these values are translated into policies. Judith Layzer explores these two main themes in environmental policy making in the anticipated third edition of The Environmental Case.
Through its 16 carefully constructed cases, the book gives readers a first-hand look at some of the most interesting and illuminating controversies in U.S. environmental policy making. New to this edition, Layzer expands the final section of her book to consider the issue of resilience in the face of a changing climate. This third edition features fully revised and updated case studies, as well as three brand-new cases: Cape Wind and Alternative Energy, Ecosystem-Based Management in the Chesapeake Bay, and the restoration of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Lazyer provides maps, tables, figures, questions to consider, recommended readings, and useful websites to help students think critically about environmental policy and to facilitate further research.
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New to this edition, Layzer expands the final section of her book to consider the issue of resilience in the face of a changing climate. This third edition features fully revised and updated case studies, as well as three brand-new cases: Cape Wind and Alternative Energy, Ecosystem-Based Management in the Chesapeake Bay, and the restoration of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Defining Problems in U.S. Environmental Politics
Part 1. Tackling the Issue of Pollution
2. The Nation Tackles Pollution: The Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts
3. Love Canal: Hazardous Waste and the Politics of Fear
4. Community Activism and Environmental Justice: The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Part 2. History, Changing Values, and Resource Management on Public Lands
5. Oil versus Wilderness in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
6. Federal Grazing Policy: Some Things Never Change
7. Jobs versus the Environment: Saving the Northern Spotted Owl
8. Playground or Paradise? Snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park
Part 3. Addressing Commons Problems
9. Crisis and Recovery in the New England Fisheries
10. Climate Change: The Challenges of International Environmental Policy Making
NEW! 11. Cape Wind: If Not Here, Where? If Not Now, When?
12. Trade versus the Environment: Dolphins, Turtles, and Global Economic Expansion
Part 4. Antienvironmental Backlash and New Approaches: Incentives, Restoration, and Resilience
13. Backlash: Wise Use, Property Rights, and the Antienvironmental Movement
14. Market-Based Solutions: Acid Rain and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990
NEW! 15. Ecosystem-Based Management in the Chesapeake Bay
16. Making Tradeoffs: Urban Sprawl and the Evolving System of Growth Management in Portland, Oregon
NEW! 17. Hurricane Katrina Hits New Orleans: Disaster, Restoration, and Resilience
18. Conclusions: Politics, Values, and Environmental Policy Change
The Environmental Case continues to lead the field of undergraduate-friendly texts, providing theoretical frameworks and detailed case studies of domestic and international environmental events. The cases, which include Love Canal, environmental justice, fishing practices, and urban sprawl, include data from a variety of sources, questions for discussion, recommended readings, and relevant web sites. The book facilitates environmental politics courses by providing multiple cases in a single, affordable text, and I believe it will continue to serve as a standard for the future. - Daniel P. Aldrich, Purdue University
Judith Layzer’s The Environmental Case is an indispensable book for my environmental policy and politics course. The introduction develops the guiding framework, namely that divergent problem definitions — stemming from intractable value conflicts — remain at the heart of U.S. environmental battles. Layzer’s fascinating and well chosen case studies are so versatile and valuable that her book now serves as a replacement for — rather than a supplement to — the leading textbook in my course. - Daniel Lipson, SUNY New Paltz
Judith A. Layzer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Judith A. Layzer is assistant professor of environmental policy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on U.S. environmental politics, particularly on the role of science and the use of ecosystem management and other collaborative approaches to environmental policy.
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